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Title 4 of the Cuyahoga County ("County") Code ("County Code") sets forth several requirements for lobbyists interacting with County officials or employees (“Lobbyist”). A Lobbyist is defined as an individual wholly or partially compensated for direct, private communication with County policy-making officials or their staffs, with the purpose of influencing the expenditure of funds in the awarding of a contract or other financial arrangement; or for making direct, private contact with same to promote, advocate or oppose the passage, modification, defeat, approval or veto of any legislation or policy.
Effective January 1, 2012, Section 407.32 of the County Code requires the following from all Lobbyists prior to lobbying County officials or employees:
The Lobbyist must be registered with the Cuyahoga County Agency of Inspector General (“AIG”). Registration includes completion and signing of the Lobbyist Ethics Registration and Certification Form and submittal of a $100 registration fee. Registration is a pre-condition for engaging in any lobbying activity with County officials or employees. All registrations will expire on December 31st of the respective registration year that is four (4) calendar years after the year in which the Contractor previously registered.
Each Lobbyist must successfully complete an ethics training program provided by the Agency of Inspector General prior to engaging in any lobbying activity with County officials or employees. Registration for the on-line ethics training presentation can be completed through the Ethics Training link on the AIg's website. Ethics training for Lobbyists shall remain effective until December 31st of the respective registration year that is four (4) calendar years after the year in which the Lobbyist previously registered.